Iga Swiatek tops outright prize money leaderboard for ATP and WTA in 2022
World number one Iga Swiatek is currently the highest prize money earner in the sport so far in 2022, ATP and WTA tour inclusive.
Her three WTA 1000 titles and 500 level victory in Stuttgart have helped her net US$3,658,233 already this season after just four months of play.
Men’s Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal is second with US$3,120,355, while Miami and Barcelona Open champion Carlos Alcaraz is third with US$2,611,593.
Women’s Australian Open champion and retired former world number one Ashleigh Barty is fourth and the only other woman in the top 10.
Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins is the next best woman with US$1,395,756, coming in at 11th overall.
While the Slams and combined 1000 level events like Indian Wells and the Miami Open boast equal prize money for men and women at each round, the same is not true for other equivalent levels.
For example, Swiatek claimed US$380,000 for winning the WTA 1000 Qatar Open in February.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz received € 467,150, nearly US$500,000, for winning the ATP 500 Barcelona Open last month.
Similarly, in a more direct comparison, Dubai Open champions Andrey Rublev and Jelena Ostapenko received US$523,740 and US$104,180 respectively for their titles.
The Dubai Open is a 500 level event on both the ATP and WTA tours.
Just four women have earned over US$1 million in the first four months of 2022, whereas 15 men have.
With Swiatek not competing at the Madrid Open, Nadal would overtake her in the prize money leaderboard should he reach the final or win the title, while Alcaraz would surpass the Pole should he lift the trophy.
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